Eastern Kentucky University President Warns of Layoffs

Eastern Kentucky University’s president is warning of campus layoffs as the school prepares to reallocate 10 percent of its budget.

In an email sent this week to faculty and staff on the Richmond campus, EKU President Doug Whitlock did not specify how many jobs would be cut or when. He said there’s no way the budget reallocation can be made without a workforce reduction.

Whitlock promised that the process of deciding on layoffs will be done in a “fair and humane” way.

He says the budget cuts will allow for future salary raises for faculty and staff and program improvements. He says every part of the budget will be reviewed and that there are no “pre-determined exemptions.”

The university released the email to the media on Friday.

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